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Modern Corvette Z06 Gets Looks Of 1953 Original


But the looks are a bit polarizing...

If you love the styling of the original C1 Corvette but don’t think you could fit the maintenance and lack of practicality of a classic car into your lifestyle, the 2001 Corvette Z06 “1953 Commemorative Edition by AAT” might be the car for you. Created by Advanced Automotive Technologies, the custom vehicle was based on a 2001 Chevy Corvette Z06—the C5 generation—and was only produced in limited quantities.

Actual production numbers are hazy, with rumors that 200 total “1953 Commemorative” vehicles were built, but we do know that this red example is one of only six Z06s that ATT customized.

No mechanical modifications were made by ATT, meaning the “1953 Commemorative Edition” is essentially just a rebodied Z06. However, this specific example is even more special since it was once a part of the collection of Ken Lingenfelter, owner of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, which focuses on tuning General Motors cars. This means the LS6 V8 engine was modified by John Lingenfelter, who passed away shortly after in 2003.

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Visually, ATT made several changes to give the Z06 a look reminiscent of the first Corvette. Nearly all of the fiberglass body panels were replaced, but no major structural changes were made, with the new panels attached in the same places as the old ones. Up front, the face is ripped nearly straight off the 1953 ‘Vette, featuring the toothy grille, grated circular headlights, and wraparound chrome bumpers. The rear is comprised of circular taillights protruding on fins, more curvaceous bodywork, and more chrome bumper elements.

The vehicle’s odometer reads just 9,300 miles, and it will be up for sale at the 2019 Kissimmee Auction that occurs from January 3 to 13.